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Psychology (AS & A level) A & AS level Psychology (OCR) Duration AS level: 1 year A2 level: 2 years Minimum entry You will need to have achieved the College's standard minimum entry requirement for level 3 programme of five GCSEs at grade C or above. Grade C in English and Maths are expected. (Near misses in Maths may be considered). If you are including a BTEC First qualification as part of your entry requirements for this course you will need to have achieved at least a merit grade. You do not have to have studied any Psychology before. Possible combinations Psychology combines well with all other A level subjects. If you think you may be interested in studying Psychology at top universitities you should also take A level Biology. Skills developed (by studying Psychology you will extend your skills in the following areas) Analysis & evaluation of information Use of different research methodologies Interpreting numerical data from graphs and tables Presenting data in graphical form An up-to-date awareness of psychology in the media. Enrichment opportunities The Psychology department has offered a range of trips to Marwell Zoo, Monkey World and a variety of psychology based conferences. Recent results 100% pass rate in A level Psychology with a high percentage of students achieving A-C grades. What does the course involve? Psychology is the study of behaviour. As you can imagine this is a very wide and dynamic subject. You will learn how psychologists from different perspectives work and you will carry out some minor research experiments for yourself. You will learn and evaluate work from psychologists old and new and look at major themes such as ethics and the naturenurture debate. Specific Content You will study 2 modules in the first year and two modules in the second year. There is no coursework for this subject. AS Year Module 1: Methodology This module will familiarise you with a range of different research methods - questionnaires, experiments and experimental designs, observations and correlations and you will learn the pros and cons of each method. By the end of the module you will be able to write hypotheses, select appropriate samples, carry out minor research and present your findings in graphs and tables. You will also be able to interpret findings from other people's research. Module 2: Core Studies and Psychological Themes. For this module you will encounter 15 psychological studies on a range of topics as diverse as Autism and multiple personality disorder, to sleep, dreaming and gambling. You will be able to assess the usefulness of each study and evaluate its results and conclusions. Alongside these you will discuss greater themes like reductionism, ethics, and approaches. A2 Year Module 1: Applied Psychology For this module everyone will study Forensic Psychology which looks at how psychology relates to crime, criminals, the police, law courts and crime prevention. Then there will be some choice between Health and Clinical Psychology - this takes topics such as healthy living, stress and anorexia nervosa or the Psychology of Education - including topics like teaching, learning, motivating students and dealing with Special Educational Needs. Module 2: Approaches and Research Methods This module builds on the AS year and will deepen your knowledge of methodology and will develop your ability to apply it to pieces of research. You will also be required to design a piece of research and evaluate your design. How will I be assessed? All assessment is by examination. In the AS year you will sit a one hour written exam on Practical Investigations, worth 30% of the total marks and a one hour 30 minute examination on Core Studies and Themes, worth 70% of the total marks for this year. In the A2 year both modules are assessed by a one hour 30 minute examination. Where could the subject take me in the future? Students who have studied Psychology at A level have gone to pursue a variety of different career and st

Psychology (AS & A level) A & AS level Psychology (OCR) Duration AS level: 1 year A2 level: 2 years Minimum entry You will need to have achieved the College's standard minimum entry requirement for level 3 programme of five GCSEs at grade C or above. Grade C in English and Maths are expected. (Near misses in Maths may be considered). If you are including a BTEC First qualification as part of...

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